Essential Architecture-  Ireland

The Garden of Remembrance




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  Garden of Remembrance
  The Children of Lir
The Garden of Remembrance is an Irish memorial garden, created in Dublin to commemorate all those killed in the Anglo-Irish War (also known as the Irish War of Independence) between 1919 and 1922. It also commemorates those who died in other conflicts in the struggle for Irish freedom, notably

the 1798 rebellion
the 1803 rebellion
the Young Irelander Rebellion of 1848
the Fenian Rising of 1867
the 1916 Easter Rising.
the Irish War of Independence 1919-21

The Irish Civil War is generally not commemorated there, as it is still a politically divisive issue.

Because subsequent campaigns of violence did not achieve the same levels of support, IRA members (or those of other paramilitary organisations) killed after 1922–1923 are not allowed to be commemorated there.

The Garden of Remembrance was opened in 1966 by President de Valera on the fiftieth anniversary of the Easter Rising. It is in the form of a sunken cruciform water-feature. Its focal point is a statue of "the Children of Lir" by Oisín Kelly, symbolising rebirth and resurrection. It is located in the northern fifth of the original park in the centre of Parnell Square (formerly Rutland Square), a Georgian square on the northside of Dublin.

In 2004 it was suggested that as part of the redesign of the square the Garden of Remembrance itself might be redesigned.

A much larger National War Memorial, built thirty years earlier, commemorates those who died in World War I.